Skip the Infant Bucket Seat and reasons why using a convertible car seat from birth is the way to go.
I brought both my babies home in convertible car seats. We skipped the infant seat and enjoyed the simplicity of a convertible car seat suitable for babies from birth and beyond.
Skipping the traditional infant bucket seat seemed like the only reasonable solution for my quest to have LESS BABY STUFF. Why do you need to use so many different car seats in a child’s life? Skip that first one and choose a seat that lasts forever.
My biggest motivation for this is environmental.
By reducing the number of car seats (and stuff) my children “need” then I reduce their overall impact on the environment. I’m not perfect, but its one less petroleum product that needs to be manufactured, shipped, and then later disposed of is a win for me. Even if you get your car seat recycled, it’s still another product that required resources for production and disposable.
My second motivation is cost.
Yes, convertible car seats are expensive, but you know what else is expensive? Purchasing an infant bucket seat and convertible car seat when they outgrow the infant bucket seat by 9-12-18 months. You will always need a rear-facing convertible car seat, the infant bucket seat is just a luxury.
I’m cheap. I didn’t want more stuff or to spend more money.
My third motivation is a connection.
Bucket babies (or container baby syndrome) are becoming a concern in our time and age. Many parents leave babies in car seats or contraptions and its limiting on their physical and social development. No bucket seat for me meant we had to hold, touch, and embrace our newborn baby. And yes, that’s overwhelming and exhausting but its the best parenting decision I wanted to make.
Thanks for reminding me of that Quirky and the Nerd.
- What about leaving the hospital?
- What about leaving the house?
- What about juggling an infant and a toddler?
- What about the cold days of winter?
- What about strollers and going for walks?
- What about when they fall asleep?
^ Those are all excuses for convenience.
I’m not sure why we are always trying to find the easy way out of life, but sometimes to save money and save the environment, we need to work a little harder. Don’t be scared of juggling a newborn infant because babies are easy.
Leaving the Hospital with a Convertible Car Seat
Alright, this is the part of this article that people are going to want to read and/or have an opinion about.
I left the hospital with a convertible car seat with my newborn babies twice. If you’re in my area, it was UHNBC (University Hosptial of Northern British Columbia) in Prince George. The first time I was a naive first time mom and my husband brought the seat in and the nurse did her ‘check’ and then we snuck out of the hospital. The nurse that day was adamant we could only leave with the baby in the car seat. Needless, that is not a safe option to transport an infant from the maternity ward to the vehicle. The second time, we just left. I walked out of the hospital with a baby in my arms and we put her in a warm truck at the door.
I’m sure your hospital has a “policy” on the issue, and for many valid reasons because they want the baby to be safe and you to be prepared.
This is what you need to know. If it is legal to use your car seat with a child of that size, then there isn’t a problem.
What’s the worse thing a nurse at the hospital is going to do?
Call CPS? Call the Police? And then what? Are you going to show them your safely secured baby in a convertible car seat in your car? They probably have bigger issues to deal with.
Check out what CTSFL has to say on the issue.
If someone told you that it wasn’t legal to leave with a convertible car seat, or that you could only leave with a bucket seat, then they misinterpreted things. Just because its’ always been done that way, doesn’t mean its the only way.
Be strong mama and stand your ground. Ask the nurse to come with you to your vehicle if it’s going to be an issue. If it stresses you too much, considering borrowing an infant bucket seat for the occasion from a friend. Our hospital even rents them and you could do the job to the parking lot, and then return it.
Leaving the House in a Convertible Car Seat
The best part about using a Convertible Car Seat from Birth is no sore aching back. Carrying around a 10-15-20 pound child in a 15-20 pound car seat is not good for your body.
It’s simple to leave the house.
I just dressed baby appropriately, plopped into the seat, blanket if really cold, and then went.
When we arrived at our destination, I would baby wear or maybe a stroller in certain situations.
A simple ring sling is my favourite tool for newborns or even a fancy baby carrier from newborn to babyhood would be ideal. I find even a sleeping baby transfers snuggly to me.
Infant seats take up too much room in the seat of the buggy to fit what you need. Infant seats should never be placed precariously on top of a buggy for fear of injury/damage. Infant seats are just a nuisance.
Rarely did I ever have a doctors appointment I couldn’t’ go to with baby on my chest, but when things go older and more difficult often the receptionist would take ten minutes to enjoy my baby. Sometimes I would pull out the stroller, and a gentle recline makes for a great baby experience.
With 2 kids sometimes I wish I could just plop down an infant seat, but really the chaos of it all is worth it to me. Is it worth it to you? Is it worth one less baby thing to buy and dispose of. How do you feel about your impact and is that something that’s important to you?
I found chasing toddlers easier to do with a baby on board, but it’s also easy to chase them with a baby in a buggy.
If you have any questions about using a Convertible Car Seat from Birth leave me a comment below.